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Matthew Richards

Director, Director's Assistant

Career Summary

Matt Richards is a Melbourne-based director with a drive for creating thought-provoking narrative. His short films, FIRST CONTACT (2012), RABBIT (2014) and THE DISAPPEARANCE OF WILLIE BINGHAM (2015) have screened in competition at over a hundred festivals, collected fifty awards and have been streamed online by millions of viewers. A recipient of Screen Australia's 2014 Hot Shots funding, selected by the Australian Director's Guild for SPA 2018 he has completed Film Victoria supported director's placements on the ABC-TV series, TOMORROW WHEN THE WAR BEGAN (2016) and Matchbox Pictures series CLICKBAIT (2020) for Netflix/ NBC Universal.

Video

Directing Reel

The Disappearance of Willie Bingham - Short Film Trailer

Rabbit - Short Film Trailer

Professional Credits

Festivals, Awards, Nominations

  • 2017, Hallucinations Collectives Festival - 'Grand Prix Short', France, The Disappearance of Willie Bingham
  • 2017, Y'a un Os dans le Potage - 'Audience Award', France, The Disappearance of Willie Bingham
  • 2016, FOLCS Forum on Law, Culture & Society - 'Best Short' & 'Best Screenplay', USA, The Disappearance of Willie Bingham
  • 2016, Strasbourg European Fantastic Film Festival - 'Best Short' & 'Youth Jury', France, The Disappearance of Willie Bingham
  • 2016, Australian Directors Guild Awards - Nominee - 'Best Direction in a Short', Australia, The Disappearance of Willie Bingham
  • 2016, Horrible Imaginings Film Festival - 'Best Short', USA, The Disappearance of Willie Bingham
  • 2016, Short Cuts Short Film Festival - 'Best Short', Australia, Rabbit
  • 2015, St Kilda Film Festival - 'Best Actor', Australia, Rabbit
  • 2015, Mosaic World Film Festival - 'Best Short', USA, Rabbit
  • 2014, San Francisco International Festival of Short Films - 'Special Recognition for Direction', USA, Rabbit
  • 2012, Lucerne International Film Festival - 'Best Short;, Switzerland, First Contact
  • 2012, UNISHORTS New Zealand - 'Best Short' & 'Best Postgrad fiction', New Zealand, First Contact

Professional Memberships

  • Australian Director's Guild, 2010
  • The Australian Academy of Cinema and Television Arts, 2010

Education & Other Accreditation

  • 2019, Plot Twist / Film Victoria, Australia, VR Production Workshop
  • 2015, AFTRS, Australia, Director's Toolkit with Daina Reid
  • 2013, Victorian College of Art, Australia, Master of Screenwriting (Narrative)
  • 2011, Victorian College of Art, Australia, Master of Directing (Narrative)

Special and Technical Skills

Loves workshopping with actors, a strong background in lighting, cinematography and post-production. Solid understanding of VFX processes.

Direct URL

https://vicscreen.vic.gov.au/choose-victoria/industry-directory/23225/matthew-richards